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Mythology by Edith Hamilton

Mythology (original 1942; edition 1998)

by Edith Hamilton

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Authors:Edith Hamilton
Info:Boston: Back Bay Books, 1998. xiv, 497 p. : ill. ; 21 cm. 1st Back Bay pbk. ed
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Largely a review of middle school material, but there was plenty I did not know, the story of Aeneas in particular. She writes it in a very tangible way, as if it all belongs to history, as if there are definite answers, even if they did not survive to our time. The brief, distant style with which myths are told means a 300-page book can contain a lot of it. [a:Edith Hamilton|13263|Edith Hamilton|https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1303749522p2/13263.jpg] gives a good encyclopedic overview. I desperately want to learn how to bring these wonderful stories to the modern audience. Marvel just isn't cutting it. ( )
  Victor_A_Davis | Sep 18, 2015 |
This is an anthology of stories about Greco-Roman gods and heroes. The stories are very readable and the author had spent years of research into the subject matter. Though design as an introductory book on the subject it does give one a grasp of how these mighty figures were perceived in their time and still in some ways affect our own time. This book was a mandatory text book in the very early seventies and would still be relevant today. I have kept this in my library since I first read it and have gone back to read it from time to time.. ( )
  hermit | May 16, 2015 |
A classic, but hella dry ( )
2 vote SherlockHomeboy | Apr 11, 2015 |
Read it in college, many times over. Good background for direct and implied mythological references. Wish I still had it. ( )
  dBabbp | Mar 4, 2015 |
The stories of Greco-Roman gods and heroes permeate our culture in some form or another, in Edith Hamilton's anthological collection 'Mythology' all the original tales are presented in a concise and readable fashion for those discovering them for the first time.

Taking her material from poems and plays from Greek and Roman writers, Hamilton structures the books chronologically through the various ages detailed in Greco-Roman mythology and keeping everything linked together through family relationships. At the beginning of every chapter Hamilton describes her process of choosing the source, or sources, of the tale giving the both the introductory reader and the knowledgeable one the basis for the next tale they are reading. The mythology of the Greco-Roman world and it's place in both Greek and Roman culture are described in general detail that gives the reader a sense of how each perceived the world around them.

The minor inclusion of the Norse mythology at the end of the book was the biggest failing of the book, Hamilton gave cultural reasons for including but it felt both incomplete and an afterthought. Only Balder's story was discussed and nothing of the adventures of Thor or others.

Edith Hamilton's lifetime of research and teaching of Greek and Roman poetry and plays results in a very readable book of Greco-Roman mythology. The book is definitely for casual readers along with those starting their journey into the overall world of Greco-Roman mythology and is not a substitute for reading The Iliad, The Odyssey, or The Aeneid. If you fall into either of these two categories I wholeheartedly recommend this book, but I would look somewhere else if you're interested in Norse mythology. ( )
  mattries37315 | Jan 14, 2015 |
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Of old the Hellenic race was marked off from the barbarian as more keen-witted and more free from nonsense
— Herodotus I
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Greek and Roman mythology is quite generally supposed to show us how the human race thought and felt untold ages ago.
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A keystone of our culture is the body of myth and legend of the ancient Western world - stories of gods and heroes that have inspired human creativity from antiquity to the present day.  In Mythology Edith Hamilton brings this legacy to life anew, with impeccably accurate and accessible retellings of eternally spellbinding tales.
We come to know the Greek gods on Olympus and Norse gods in Valhalla. We trace the dynasties of the Agamemnon and Oedipus dynasties, and get caught up in the fascination of such legends as Jason and the Golden Fleece, Cupid and Psyche, and Medusa. 
We discover the origin of the names of the constellations in the skies and reference points for countless works of art, literature, and philosophy.
Edith Hamilton's highly acclaimed work has itself become a classic, an indispensable source of vast knowledge, insight and enjoyment.

Norse - p301 - 315, Several genealogies for the Gods
It may well be a good coverage of Greek, but w only 15 pages, it's not going to be more than a fast introduction to  Norse.
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Edith Hamilton loved the ancient Western myths with a passion--and this classic compendium is her tribute. "The tales of Greek mythology do not throw any clear light upon what early mankind was like," Hamilton explains in her introduction. "They do throw an abundance of light upon what early Greeks were like--a matter, it would seem, of more importance to us, who are their descendents intellectually, artistically, and politically. Nothing we learn about them is alien to ourselves." Fans of Greek mythology will find all the great stories and characters here--Perseus, Hercules, and Odysseus--each discussed in generous detail by the voice of an impressively knowledgeable and engaging (with occasional lapses) narrator. This is also an excellent primer for middle- and high-school students who are studying ancient Greek and Roman culture and literature. --Gail Hudson

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A collection of Greek and Roman myths from various classical sources arranged in section on the gods and early heroes, love and adventure stories, heroes before and during the Trojan War, and lesser myths. Includes a brief section on Norse mythology.

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